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the governor expected to come here to apologize face to face for the fort lee mayor. perhaps also apologizing to the people of fort lee as well for that bridge closure back in september that caused crippling traffic congestion here in the town of about 35,000. it appears it is an act of political retribution. in a lengthy two-hour news conference, christie said members of his staff went behind his back and were involved in a political payback scheme when they ordered those lane closures. >> i come out here today to apologize to the people of new jersey. i apologize to the people of fort lee. and i apologize to the members of the state legislature. i am embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of some of the people on my team.
>> governor christie then announced he has fired a top aide, bridget kelly, effective immediately. she is the one who sent an e-mail released to the press yesterday that seems to order those lane closings. >> this morning i've terminated the employment of bridget kelly, effective immediately. i terminated her employment because she lied to me. there's no justification for that behavior. there's no justification for ever lying to a governor or a person in authority in this government. >> governor christie said he was blind sided by the revelations, that he has taken several steps in response. in addition to firing kelly, christie will have one-on-one meetings with every member of his senior staff to ask what they knew of the closings and when they knew it. he has also asked his former campaign manager to remove his name from being state gop chairman and to also withdraw his consultancy.
the governor expected to come here in the next hour or two to fort lee to apologize. the mayor initially asking the governor to reconsider that visit. this scandal has potentially 2016 repercussions. the council will be opening an inquiry to see if any federal laws were broken. meanwhile on capitol hill, the u.s. senate commerce committee has already launched its own inquiry. jay rockefeller is asking the port authority for answers. he has set a january 15th deadline for a response. new jersey's democratic senators cory booker and bob menendez called the revelations "troubling" and said they will both be monitoring the senate commerce committee's inquiry. i want to bring in mark murray,
"new york times" political reporter who covers governor chris christie for the "times." and as we have come to find out, steve is also an expert of sorts when it comes to new jersey politics. michael, let me start with you. we know that david willstein has been testifying now for about 30 or 40 minutes. at this point, has he said anything noteworthy or does he continue to plead the fifth? >> my understanding is that he has continued to plead the fifth to essentially make the case that this is not the right venue for him. i think that's problematic -- of course, legal, but problematic for him and the governor. this is a moment when governor christie is arguing for disclosure for almost an extraordinarily cathartic full-telling of the story, and yet his top appointee is stonewalling. >> i want to play a snippet
here. this is the mayor here, the mayor of fort lee. roughly about an hour ago. this is a news conference he held. it lasted about 20 or 30 minutes. at the beginning of the news conference, he made it clear that he did not want governor christie to come today. later in that news conference, i asked him, i said, you know, the governor said he's coming anyway. i asked him, do you mind now? he said no, that's fine, the governor can go ahead and show up. but this is something else that the mayor had to say. take a listen. >> an apology today might be a bit premature. i have a distinct feeling there's going to be another press conference or two or three or 12 after this. not disrespectful in any way. it's not designed to be. i am not shunning the governor. it's just that i think there's so much more that's going on here. >> steve, what can you expect governor chris christie to say to the mayor, perhaps even to the people of fort lee when he shows up here in an hour or so? >> i assume you would hear
everything that he said in an hour and five minutes. basically reiterate he would begin with contrition, some degree of humility and quickly transition into i had absolutely no idea and i'm taking the actions that i've outlined. there are so many mechanisms in motion that are going to bring out more information about this in the days, weeks and months ahead. we don't know what that information will be. we don't know if it will end up ever directly tying chris christie to any foreknowledge of this. but there is beginning to be more information coming out. again, as i've been saying, it's not just the mayor of fort lee who has this sense about chris christie, maybe this personal experience about chris christie. if you talk to people off the record in new jersey politics, whether you're talking about democrats or republicans, they will tell you that this is an administration, the christie administration that has been uniquely among past governors, among recent past governors, uniquely hands-on when it comes
to the local stuff. whether that crosses the line or not, that's a whole matter for debate. there's widespread consensus. republicans will talk about how shocked and surprised they are. local republicans at the municipal level, the town council level, who will get phone calls from the governor over what they think are very small matters. this is a uniquely hands-on administration. so i think that just this whole suspicion that there's more to this story than maybe he let on today, i think you find it's pretty widespread. >> the mayor here at that news conference, i was in the room. he really didn't pull any punches. he said that the christie administration -- or the culture at least inside that administration was, to use his word, it was venomous. he went on to say that he felt he had been targeted. said do you think governor is shutting down any bridges that are republican bridges? i know we've started to hear
some stuff out of our nation's capital. some lawmakers have started to chime in. what's being said down there? >> i think that christie, at least the first 20 or 25 minutes of his performance, that it was pretty impressive. here was somebody who was contrite. who was apologetic. and really showed a lot of political skills that have made him seem viable in a big 2016 presidential candidacy and decides to run. the problem for chris christie is he drew a lot of red lines. said he first found out about all of this at 8:50 yesterday morning. if that is contradicted in any way either by his now fired deputy chief of staff, by other people in his administration, it turns out that that information was somehow wrong, other things that he ended up saying in his nearly two-hour press conference, if there are contradicting accounts there, that becomes a very big problem for him. so it was a very impressive political performance, but this story is going to continue for
weeks and maybe etven months ahead. >> first of all, has someone requested at this point the governor's e-mails pertaining to this scandal, and if they have, have we started to sift through those? and my second question, is where does this story go from here? what's the next step? >> well, let me take those in reverse order. the problem for governor christie is that the story has a long way to go. there are thousands of pages of unreleased documents that have been subpoenaed that are just waiting to be leaked down morsel by morsel to a very eager press corps. there are now formal investigations launched by the u.s. attorney in new jersey. you know how that works. that means there will be an investigation. there will be subpoenas. there will probably be a report that will be written and released. so you have all these new milestones you can start to push out weeks and months that will create their own story lines. it's a great idea to request the e-mails for the governor. i think what we're learning today is that the governor has a
very interesting style of probing his staff to get to the bottom of something. sure, you assemble your staff and you demand the truth from them, but if that's the first and only time you've asked probing questions about this scandal, is that all right? does the public have a reasonable expectation that governor christie could have at any time picked up the phone and made phone calls to the port authority of new york to his appointees? and on and on. was this it? and is that where the buck really stops? >> i want to bring in our national investigative correspondent who joins me now live from d.c. let's talk about this preliminary inquiry, as it's called, by the u.s. attorney's office. what does that mean and how much of an uphill battle is that going to be for the u.s. attorney? >> well, look. first of all, this is preliminary. what happened is the inspector general of the port authority made a referral to paul fishman,
the u.s. attorney in newark, yesterday. now, yesterday that office -- fishman's office was not commenting at all. they issued this one statement saying they received a referral and they were reviewing it to determine whether there were any federal laws that are implicated. now, that's a very general statement. it's been pointed out it's not just criminal laws. they might look at civil laws. it's not clear that there's any federal or criminal statute that's at play here. this was, some people have speculated because it's a bridge that went from one state to the other, could be interference with interstate commerce. there could be some form of wire fraud, malfraud conspiracy. we're speculating it's dependent on the evidence. it's not clear that that office, paul fishman's office, if it were to pursue this, would be if they decided something needed to
be pursued, that they would do it. because remember, that's the office that chris christie formally headed, u.s. attorney in newark. there are a lot of people there in that office that used to work for christie, the people who went from that office to christie's staff in trenton. so it's likely it would be handed off by paul fishman, the u.s. attorney, to another federal prosecutor if he determines that there's sufficient evidence to go forward. >> during that news conference this morning, it seemed like at times it was never going to end. it took more than an hour for a reporter to ask about 2016. that was a bit surprising. this is what governor christie said. take a listen. >> i know that everybody in the political media and in the political chattering class wants to start the 2016 race. and universities can't help themselves but do polls that are meaningless three years away from an election.
everybody in that world gets preoccupied with that job. i am not preoccupied with that job. i'm preoccupied with this one. as you can tell, i've got plenty to do. so it's not like i've got some spare time to spend. >> steve, we know what all of this does for that narrative that governor christie is a bully. but what about this other narrative that has not necessarily gotten a great deal of play today. we know when governor christie was on the short list for being one of romney's possible vp nominees, we were told by some that he was not considered because there are things that we don't know about chris christie. what does this do for that narrative? >> well, right. what today has done, it's left a lot of questions hanging in the air. i am struck by the way christie framed this today, where he came out and penned this primarily on
his now former deputy of staff bridget kelly and called her a liar, said she lied to his face, went on and on about how this crime of deceit that she had committed. he talked about how this had not -- something like this had not happened in his administration before. it actually did. chris christie held a press conference like this, very similar and on a much smaller scale in 2010 where he accused his education commissioner at the time who he was firing of lying to him. he talked about what a cardinal sin of lying to the governor is. the postscript is chris christie had convinced himself that he had been lied to. he fired his communications director and comes back with a whole host of e-mails that show wait a minute, all this stuff i've been saying about chris christie is true. what chris christie was saying wasn't quite the full story. so it makes me think back to that because he's put bridget kelly in a position where if she has anything she can put out there that can clear her good name in any way, she has a clear incentive to do and potentially
other people -- bill is going to be denied the chairmanship of the state republican committee. and others who may turn up as these investigations play out over the next few weeks may have similar incentives. so i'm just reminded of that from three years ago. something to keep in mind as this plays out now. >> and steve, here's the other part of that story. that was caught on video. there was video evidence. >> exactly. for all we know, chris christie -- maybe he was giving it to you straight today and that's the complete truth and that's it and nothing else will come out. he put on quite a performance in 2010. that's all i'll say. maybe he convinced himself that he had been lied to and he was the victim. a lot of psychology and politics that i can't understand. >> mark, really quick. i want to end with you here. is this the kind of scandal that, you know, six months from now you've got to google it to find out what folks are talking about? or is this the kind of thing
that six months from now still has legs? >> we just don't know. and one thing that chris christie has a potential problem with is what steve was just alluding to, that he might not have a whole lot of friends, either in new jersey or outside of this and nationally. for example, if you're a democrat in the state of new jersey right now, your job is to make life miserable for chris christie. so that's going to be in the hearings that you'll see, in the legislature. other mayors might come up with similar story of retribution. those are potential stories that could come out. and then nationally, etven if you're a republican and you say that chris christie is a potential obstacle to you, maybe you want to do what you can to make life a little bit more miserable for him. those are some of the challenges that christie has right now. there's no doubt he has a loyal backing from his aides. but now all of a sudden you can pinpoint some enemies, democratic and republican ones who would actually make his life very difficult in the weeks and months ahead. >> all right, a big thanks to
you. right now, david willstein is testifying. we've got our eye on that. we are also here at city hall in fort lee waiting on governor christie to helicopter in and meet with the mayor face to face and apologize. i will bring you the latest on that. for now, we want to send it back to the studio. >> look forward to seeing a little bit in the show. we're also following developing news from the white house. got a live picture on the east room where president obama is set to unveil his new program to fight poverty. so called promised zones aimed at improving the quality of life for people in chronically poor areas. we'll carry that live when that microphone has the president behind it. plus, the president meeting privately with a group of senators about reforming the nsa's controversial spying program. we'll have more on the changes that could be on the way.
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straight to live pictures. at the moment, we're just waiting for the president to come on in. he'll unveil his latest weapon in the fight against income inequality. that's economic promised zones. this plan, it's going to call for a federal local government partnership, adding businesses into that. going to offer tax incentives and grants to fight poverty in five key areas across the country. those promised zones are in philadelphia, eight counties in southeastern kentucky, san antonio, los angeles, and the choctaw nation in oklahoma. let's listen in. [ applause ]
>> thank you. good afternoon. i am kiera molina. i was born and raised in harlem and have been in the harlem children's zone since i was 4 years old and prekindergarten. my mom and grandmother were both born in the dominican republic and they tell me every day that education is the only thing that is going to get you somewhere. the promise academy has been a great school. when our holiday break was ending, i was excited about going back to school. that's because the teachers are great. they actually like their job. and they are so happy to be with us. i like that we are learning so much at the promise academy and that it has given me so many opportunities such as performing with the forces of nature dance company. the school may show we are doing well in every way. we get healthy meals every day.
and have a health center for when we are not feeling well. we go on trips to see potential colleges and have already taken classes to help me get good scores on my psat. [ applause ] i used to want to be a veterinarian, but now i'm kind of thinking about what i want to be, maybe a lawyer because i love "law & order." but either way, i know i am going to college. [ applause ] i want to make her happy. i know she raised a good girl. some kids don't have the opportunities that i have had at the harlem children's zone. our school was built right in the middle of the st. nicolas housing projects. i think it sends a powerful message to the kids who live in the neighborhood who might be messing up or dropped out that school can be exciting and safe.
i hope the country will create more places like the harlem children's zone so other neighborhoods can help their kids exceed in school, go to college, and get better jobs. i feel so honored to have the opportunity to meet my president. who has shown how much he cares about kids like me, where we come from, what we want to be in life, and that mr. obama is really going to make sure we get there. now, on behalf of the students and staff of the harlem children's zone, it is my pleasure to introduce the president of the united states, barack obama. [ cheers and applause ] >> good job. thank you. everybody have a seat.
well, welcome to the white house, everybody. that was one of the best introductions i've ever had. so we're so proud of kiara for that introduction and for sharing her story. just so poised. i know jeff cannon is just out there all excited and proud. and i know your mom is proud. i know she is. she should be. kiara and the rest of these young people grew up in a 97 square block section of harlem, as a place where the odds used to be stacked against them every single day. even just graduating from high school was a challenge. but with the help of some very dedicated adults and a program called the harlem children zone, they're right on track to go to college. together, students, teachers,
administrators, parents, community, they're changing the odds in this neighborhood. and that's what we're here to talk about today. changing the odds for every american child so that no matter who they are, no matter where they are born, they have a chance to succeed in today's economy. now, the good news is that thanks to the hard work and sacrifice of the american people all across the country over the last five years, our economy has grown stronger. our businesses have created more than eight million new jobs since the depths of the recession. our manufacturing, our housing sectors are rebounding. our energy and technology and auto industries are booming. and we've got to keep our economy growing. we have got to make sure that everybody is sharing in that growth. we've got to keep creating jobs, and then we've got to make sure that wages and benefits are such that families can rebuild a little bit of security.
we've got to make sure this recovery, which is real, leaves nobody behind. and that's going to be my focus throughout the year. this is beginning to be a year of action. that's what the american people expect. and they're ready and willing to pitch in and help. this is not just a job for government. this is a job for everybody. working people are looking for the kind of stable, secure jobs that too often went overseas in the past couple of decades, so next week i'll take action to boost high-tech manufacturing, the kind that attracts good new jobs and helps grow a middle class. business owners are ready to play their part to hire new workers. this month i'm going to host ceos here at the white house not once, but twice, first to lay out specific steps with can take to help more workers earn the skills they need to take new jobs. they're going to announce
commitments they need to put more of the long-term unemployed back to work. on january 28th in my state of the union address, which i want all the legislators here to know i'm going to try to keep a little shortersilently. i will mobilize the country around the national mission of making sure our economy offers every american who works hard a fair shot at success. anybody in this country who works hard should have a fair shot at success. period. doesn't matter where they come from, what region of the country, what they look like, what their last name is, they should be able to succeed. and obviously, we're coming off a rancorous political year. but i generally believe that this is not a partisan issue. because when you talk to the american people, you know that there are people working in soup kitchens, people who are
mentoring and people who are starting small businesses and hiring their neighbors, and very rarely are they checking if they're democrat or republican. there's a sense of neighborliness that's inherent in the american people. we just have to tap into that. and i've been very happy to see that the republicans like rand paul who's here today, who are ready to engage in this debate. that's a good thing. we've got democratic and republican elected officials across the country who are ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work. and this should be a challenge that unites us all. i don't care whether the ideas are democrat or republican, i do care that they work. i do care that they are subject to evaluation and we can see if we are using tax dollars in a certain way, if we're starting a certain program, i want to make sure that young people like kiara are actually benefiting
from it. it's one thing to say we should help more americans get ahead. but talk is cheap. we've got to actually make sure that we do it. i will work with anybody who's willing to lay out some concrete ideas to create jobs, help more middle class families find security in today's economy, and offer new ladders of opportunity for folks to climb into the middle class. and personally, i hope we start by listening to the majority of the american people and restoring the unemployment insurance for americans who need a little help supporting their families while they look for a new job, and i'm glad that republicans and democrats in the senate are working together to extend that lifeline. i hope their leagues in the house will join them to set this right. today i want to talk about something very particular, a specific example of how we can make a difference. we are here with leaders who are determined to change the odds in their communities the way these kids and their parents and dedicated citizens have changed
the odds in harlem. it's now been 50 years since president johnson declared an unconditional war on poverty in america. and that ground breaking effort created new avenues of opportunity for generations of americans. it strengthened our safety net for working families. americans with disabilities and the poor. so that when we fall, and you never know what light brings you, we can bounce back faster. it made us a better country and a stronger country. in his speech 50 years ago, president johnson talked about communities on the outskirts of hope. where opportunity was hard to come by. well, today's economic challenges are different. but they have still resulted in communities where in rekren dce deca decades, wrenching economic change has been harder and harder to come by.
communities where for too many young people, it feels like the future only extends to the outskirts of town. too many communities where no matter how hard you work, your destiny feels like it's already been determined for you before you took that first step. i'm not just talking about pockets of poverty in our inner cities. that's our stereotype. i'm talking about suburban neighborhoods. talking about manufacturing towns that still haven't recovered after the local plants shut down and jobs dried up. there are islands of rural america where jobs are scarce. they scarce even before the recession hit, so the young people feel like they've got to leave town, leave their communities. and i've seen this personally, even before i got into politics. this is what drove me into politics. i was just two years out of college when i moved to the south side of chicago, hired by
churches to organize a community that had been devastated when local steel plants closed their doors. i walked through neighborhoods with boarded up houses and crumbling schools and single parents, dads who had nothing to do with their kids, and kids who were hanging on the street corners without any hope or prospects for the future. but these churches came together. and then they started working with other non-profits and local businesses. and the government, local, state, and federal, participated. and we started getting some things done that gave people hope. and that experience taught me that government does not have all the answers. no amount of money can take the place of a loving parent in a child's life. but i did learn that when communities and governments and businesses and not for profits work together, we can make a difference. kiara is proof. all these young people are
proof. we can make a difference. the last 17 years, the harlem children's zone, the brain child of jeffrey canada has proven we can make a difference. it operated on a basic premise that each child will do better if all the children around them are doing better. so in harlem, staff member gos door to door and they recruit soon-to-be parents for baby college. preparing them for those crucial first few months of life. making sure they know how to talk to their child, read to their child, sometimes teaching them how to read so they can read to their child. give them the healthy start that they need. and then early childhood education to get kids learning at 4 years old. and then a charter school that helps students succeed all the way through high school.
and medical care and healthy foods that are available close to home and exercise. i was very pleased to hear that -- michelle was very pleased to hear that they've got a strong phys-ed program. and students get help finding internships and applying for college. a staff to make sure that nobody spl slips through the cracks or falls behind. the results have been tremendous. today preschool students in the harlem children zone are better prepared for kindergarten. last year a study found that students who won a spot in one of the charter schools score higher on standardized tests than those who don't. in a neighborhood where higher education was once just something that other people did, you've got hundreds of kids who have now gone to college. and harlem's not the only kpunty that's found success taking on these challenges together.commu taking on these challenges together. in cincinnati, a focus on
education has helped to make sure students are more ready for kindergarten. in nashville, they've boosted graduation rates by almost 20% the last few years. in milwaukee, they've cut teen pregnancy in half. every community is different. the different needs and different approaches. but communities that are making the most progress on these issues have some things in common. they don't look for a single silver bullet. instead, they bring together local government and not profits and businesses and teachers and participants around a shared goal. that's what jeffrey did when he started the harlem children's zone. government was involved. so don't be confused here. it has an important role to play. and already there are government resources going into these communities. but it's important that our faith institutions and our businesses and the parents and the communities themselves are
involved in designing and thinking through how do we move forward. and the second thing is they're holding themselves accountable by delivering measurable results. we don't fund things, we don't start projects just for the sake of it. if they don't work, we should try something else. sometimes those of us who care deeply about advancing opportunity aren't willing to subject some of these programs to that test. do they work? my state of the union address last year, i announced our commitment to identify more communities like these. urban, rural, tribal, where dedicated citizens are determined to make a difference and turn things around, and we challenged them. we said if you can demonstrate the ability and the will to launch an all-encompassing, all hands on deck approach to reducing poverty and expanding
tim duncan, we'll help you get the resources to do it.opportun the resources to do it. we'll take resources from some of the programs that we're already doing and concentrate them, we'll make sure that our agencies are working together more effectively. we'll put in, you know, talent to help you plan. but we're also going to hold you accountable and measure your progress. and if you're doing real stuff that is making a difference in the lives of young people like kiara, then we're going to be there. your country will help you, on behalf of your kids, family by family, block by block. we call these communities promise zones. neighborhoods where we will help local efforts to meet one national goal, that a child's course in life should be determined not by the zip code she's born in, but by the strength of her work ethic and the scope of her dreams.
so we're here today to announce the first five promise zones in america. i could not be prouder to be joined by the mayor of los angeles and mayor michael nutter of philadelphia. and councilwoman ivey taylor from san antonio. chief gregory pile, one of our tribal leaders, and jerry ricket from the kentucky highlands investment corporation. some leaders from these neighborhoods who are helping to make it happen. in the east side neighborhood of san antonio, nearly four in ten adults don't have a high school diploma. the violent crime rate is 50% higher than the rest of the city. so schools and community members are focused on getting more kids into pre-k, boosting math and science in high school and they're putting more cops on foot patrol to make their neighborhoods safer. it's a project worth investing
in. in a section of l.a. that stretches to hollywood, the population decreased by 13,000 people in just ten years. so developers are working to build more affordable housing, technical schools and community colleges are helping more people get the training they need to get jobs. it's a project worth investing in. in philly, nearly four out of every ten kids lives below the poverty line. and a lot of them are on the west side of the city. so local universities helping connect middle and high school students with mentors to get them ready for college. you've got a supermarket that's being planned that will create jobs and provide healthy food where there's been too little of both. we're going to invest in that. senator mitch mcconnell's home state of kentucky. there are communities that have been struggling for decades with shutdowns and layoffs. so they're taking steps, locally initiated, to attract new businesses and create new jobs in new industries.
you've got a local college stepping up to expand technical training and help more kids get a higher education. in the choctaw nation of oklahoma, where up to half of the residents in some areas live in poverty, kmcommunity leaders are determined to change things. they're making finance available to help women start their own businesses. investing in water and sewer systems that will make commun y communities more attractive. helping families get access to healthy foods. so these are america's first five promise zones. and over the next three years, we're going to help launch 20 in all. and each of these communities is designing from the bottom up, not the top down, what it is they think they need, and we're working with them to make that happen. and each of these communities is prepared to do what it takes to change the odds for their kids. we will help them succeed.
not with a handout. but as partners with them every step of the way. and we're going to make sure it works. and we're going to hold them accountable to make sure, making a difference in the lives of kids. as a nation, we've got plenty of reasons to hope. and i just want to end with one story, just to give you a sense of what we're talking about here. roger brown came here today from harlem. where's roger? there he is. i used to have a haircut like that. [ laughter ] and maybe after i'm done with the presidency -- [ laughter ] i'm going back to that. growing up -- i want you to listen to roger's story, because
it's unique and it's special, but it's also representative. so growing up, roger spent some time in the foster care system before going to live with his mom, who was working two jobs to make ends meet. when roger was in sixth grade, his mom entered his name in the promise academy charter school lottery. and prayed. and roger won a spot. now, the way i hear it, roger, you were still having some problems sometimes. he was the class clown and acting out and almost got himself expelled. but the teachers and the staff did not give up on him. they saw something in him. they kept pushing him. and then one summer when roger was home visiting his foster family, he looked around the room and he realized nobody in that room had gone to college and nobody in that room had a job. and at that moment, something clicked and roger decided he
wanted something better for himself and for his mom and for his two sisters who looked up to him. so roger buckled down. he went from failing his classes to passing his classes. he became a member of the first graduating class at the promise academy. and today, roger is a sophomore -- [ applause ] today roger is a sophomore at hunter college in new york, one of the best colleges in the country, the first person in his family to get that far. and now he wants to go to medical school and become a neurologist. [ applause ] so if you want to know why i care about this stuff so much, it's because i'm not that different from roger. there was a period of time in my
life where i was goofing off. i was raised by a single mom. i didn't know my dad. the only difference between me and roger was my environment was more forgiving than his. that's the only difference. if i screwed up, the consequences weren't quite as great. so if roger can make it, and if i can make it, if kiara can make it, every kid in this country can make it. but we've got to believe in that. we can't just give lip service to it. and it can't just get caught up in a bunch of political arguments. there are legitimate questions about how the best way to do this is. how we can best make progress. and there are legitimate debates to be had about how big of a role is government in that process, how big of a role is the private sector and there's no disagreement that there has to be individual initiative.
it's got to start inside. roger had to have a change of attitude. i had to have a change in attitude. kiara, she probably didn't need a change in attitude. [ laughter ] she was focused the whole time. we don't dispute that. but we do know that sometimes we talk about this stuff as if we care and then we don't deliver. we don't follow through. we don't make the effort. it's not sustained. we lose interest. and then we say to ourselves, well, maybe nothing can be done. and we put up with it. and as a consequence, a lot of our kids get lost. and we can't allow that to happen. that's what the promised zones represent. i want more kids to have the chance that roger got. i want more kids to have the
chance this country gave me. we should all want every one of our kids and their families to have a shot at success. if you are willing to dream big and work hard, you should grow up with the same opportunities in life as any other child living in any other place. that's what we're fighting for. that's what america's about. so let's act. let's make it happen this year. all right? thank you. god bless you. god bless america. thank you. [ applause ] >> president obama in the east room at the white house announcing five new promise zones located throughout the country. this on trying to reduce income inequality and the success of students. he brought in kiara and shakes the hands of the students from the harlems children's zone in new york city. kristen welker is there watching this along with us. you know, something we might
remember here is it hearkens upon waiting for superman and the harlem's children's zone was certainly a part of that particular documentary. he's hearkening upon some of the success that was in that movie. but not everybody necessarily agrees with this idea. you're getting some responses regarding that. >> we are, richard. on the one hand, you have some bipartisan support for what president obama announced today. you have minority leader mitch mcconnell, rand paul, both from kentucky at the white house today expressing their support for the promise zones, which will invest in communities like eastern kentucky where the unemployment rate is far above the national average. on the other hand, we just got this from the rnc. it says "last year president obama promised to partner with the 20 hardest hit areas of the country, and 330 days later, he still doesn't have results." not surprising that as we enter this election year, an event like this would be used as a
political footfall. this is a preview of things to come, but also in terms of this debate over income inequality. the president, democrats, and also republicans starting to have this debate. it's going to be a divisive one, and again, i think this is what we'll see play out on the campaign trail a little bit later on this year, a preview here today as president obama has announced five promise zones, and he says there will be several more over the next three years. richard? >> kristen welker at the white house, thank you so much, my friend. and with that, let's now get back to fort lee, new jersey, where in the next few hours, we're expecting governor chris christie to arrive. craig melvin has been there at the courthouse. good day to you, my friend. >> good day, richard. we don't expect it to take a few hours. we are told that the governor's arrival here should happen within the next hour or so. we do not expect him to walk right to the front doors of city hall behind me. we expect him to enter around back. of course, governor christie coming here just a few hours
after that nearly two-hour apology and explanation over shutting down two of the three lanes on one of the -- scratch that, the busiest bridge in this country, if not the world. governor christie set to come here to apologize face to face to the mayor of fort lee. i talked to the mayor earlier. the mayor says he is going to welcome the governor. he does not want to hear any more about some sort of nonsensical traffic study. he wants the governor not just to apologize to him, but to the people of fort lee as well. folks who were trapped in traffic for hours. emergency crews that were not able to get to their 911 calls. he wants the governor to apologize to those folks. again, that's expected to happen here any moment. when it does, we will, of course, bring it to you. for now, we're going to take a quick break. this is msnbc. e me discomfort. exactly, because it's milk without the lactose. and it tastes? it's real milk! come on, would i lie about this?
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the obama administration has extended the life of the international space station by four years until 2024. the cost here, $3 billion a year. what it means, the $100 million space station won't come splashing down into the pacific ocean in 2020 as has been planned. joining me now, jay barberie. it took 13 years to build, but by 2024, will the technology still be effective given that the united states is saying we're going to put in the money? >> yeah, it will be. but again, on the other hand, what they're doing up there, the experiments they can be while in earth's orbit. the biggest problem is they're stuck in earth orbit. we've been stuck in earth orbit since 1972. what the space family would like to see happen is going back to space aircraft that can fly
beyond earth orbit. we haven't had that since the apollo 17 flight. they have a program under way to do that. and they want to get back to that. today, about two hours ago, they launched a resupply ship. first one going out of there. first one loaded down with a ton of supplies. even has an ant farm onboard that's going up a little while on the space station. and we got these commercial companies, richard, that are trying to get in place to supply the space station and make money, of course. but on the other hand, there's only going to be a couple of flights a year. but this extension will help them and it means ten years from now they will at that time do something with the space station. what, it's yet to be seen. >> quickly, we got the $3 billion a year. does that go towards some of these outsourced companies, these third party spacecraft building companies?
>> commercial companies, it sure will. they've got different contracts. it will go to them. plus the fact it's not only just america. there's 15 nations involved. big countries in it now. russia, canada, europeans, japan. there are six of them up there at this time manning the space station. two of which are americans. so yeah, everyone is going to be involved. everything is going to be in there. it's a good thing. but unless we wake up and get back to exploration, then it's going to be a long time coming. we're just going to keep sitting in the same place, going around and around the same place on earth, doing the same thing over and over. >> a lot of folks saying that $3 billion sounds pretty good. appreciate your time in florida. >> my pleasure, richard. >> that does it for this edition of "news nation." check out our gut check on chris christie online.
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i had no knowledge or involvement in this issue, in its planning or its execution. and i am stunned by the abject stupidity that was shown here regardless of what the facts ultimately uncover, this was handled in a callous and indifferent way and is not the way this administration has conducted itself over the last four years and not the way it will conduct itself over the next four. >> i'm abby huntsman and you're in "the cycle." the story dominating conversation today, whether you live in new jersey or not. governor chris christie facing the music. all dates back to the controversial lane closures at the george washington bridge last fall.